EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR MORONGO BASIN

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from Sunday through Thursday. Temperatures throughout the Morongo Basin are expected to reach 105 in Yucca Valley to 113 degrees in Twentynine Palms. Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be likely for people who spend a

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PRICE FOR NATIONAL PARK SENIOR PASS TO INCREASE MONDAY

A National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands “Senior Pass” gives U.S. citizens age 62 and above, lifetime access to more than 2,000 sites and parks. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says get yours before Monday when the price goes up… way up…

A Senior Pass to America’s national parks has been a

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SCHOOL LOCKED DOWN, THREE ARRESTED AFTER DESERT HOT SPRINGS PURSUIT

An elementary school was locked down and three people were arrested in Desert Hot Springs following a pursuit Thursday afternoon. Just before 3 p.m., police officers attempted to stop a car with no license plates near Palm Drive and Dillon Road. The driver refused to pull over and led officers

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MARINE ACCUSED OF SHAKING BABY, CAUSING A COMA, ORDERED TO FACE TRIAL

A Marine accused of shaking a baby so hard that she went into a coma heard the evidence against him yesterday in a Joshua Tree courtroom, and the judge held him over to face trial. The prosecution says that John Jeter, 27, was home in the 6100 block of Begonia

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BOMB THREAT CAUSES EVACUATION AT LA CONTENTA

La Contenta Middle School was evacuated for about an hour this morning after a bomb threat was called into the school. School administration contacted the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling said that while they did not consider the threat credible, in the interest of caution and safety they evacuated

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CHP OFFERS FREE “DRIVE SMART” CLASS FOR SENIORS

The Morongo Basin area CHP will host a “Drive Smart” class for senior citizens. Reporter Eric Knabe says one will be held next week, August 31…

The Morongo Basin CHP will host an Age Well, Drive Smart older driver program later this month. Join the CHP for the keys to

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES TO STEP DOWN AS REPUBLICAN CAUCUS LEADER

Just days after surviving a vote that would have removed him as leader of the California Assembly’s Republican Party, Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley announced Thursday morning he will step down. Mayes came under fire since joining seven other Republicans last month to vote in favor of extending California’s cap-and-trade

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THE FATE OF MOJAVE TRAILS NATIONAL MONUMENT STILL UNKNOWN

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending boundary revisions for “a handful” of national monuments, but no eliminations. It is not yet clear if any of the millions of acres of protected federal land in California will be modified, because the White House has yet to release the findings of

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FAMILIES OF HIKERS MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO OFFER REWARD

The families of two hikers who went missing nearly a month ago in Joshua Tree National Park will announce Saturday that they will offer a reward for their safe return. Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, were reported missing July 28 when the owner of the vacation rental in

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HI-DESERT WATER LOOKS AT LOW-INTEREST LOANS TO HELP WITH SEWER COSTS

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors gave direction to staff at its meeting last night to begin an analysis to determine the extent of the need for low-interest loans to help customers pay the sewer assessments. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the meeting and files this report… The

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FIREWORKS, MUSIC, AND FAMILY FUN SEPTEMBER 2 IN LANDERS

Fireworks, food, fun, and family entertainment are planned in Landers at the Morongo Basin’s only Labor Day celebration September 2 at Homestead Valley Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. Cody Joseph and the Z107.7 Mobile DJ will get things warmed up, and the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard will open

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES JOSHUA SPRINGS EXPANSION

In a presentation last night that Yucca Valley Planning Commissioner Chair Steve Whitten called “death by PowerPoint,” the Planning Commission heard the history of the original 1995 application for a conditional use permit by the Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel. Over the years, the permit application has been modified extensively. Last

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A FULL HOUSE SEES TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL POSTPONE SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTION VOTE

Lots of people showed up at last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting for what promised to be a good show. They weren’t disappointed. Reporter David Haldane explains… The Twentynine Palms City Council couldn’t stomach what it had to do. So, last night, instead of repealing local restrictions on where

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SUSPECT SOUGHT IN ROBBERY AT YUCCA VALLEY AT&T STORE

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect believed to have stolen headphones from an AT&T store in Yucca Valley Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, shortly before 4 p.m., a man allegedly walked out without paying for three Powerbeats 3 headphones. As the man ran from the store, he was

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHORT STAND-OFF WITH DEPUTIES

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday after a short stand-off with Sheriff’s deputies. Deputies were called to a home in the 7400 block of North Star Avenue at 10:52 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. A woman at the scene told deputies that her sons were disrespecting her and she

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HI-DESERT WATER LOOKS AT SEWER COST RELIEF FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS

Yucca Valley residents face a number of costs to hook up to the upcoming sewer: annual assessments, maintenance fees, and the cost to build a connecting pipe from their homes to the sewer collection pipes. Managing editor Tami Roleff says tonight the Hi-Desert Water District’s board of directors will discuss

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING, BEATING HIS WIFE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Monday night, accused of stabbing, beating, and threatening his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 61900 block of Grand View Circle about 8:55 p.m. when a woman called to say she had been stabbed. The woman said her husband,

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AN ARMED ROBBERY IN JOSHUA TREE SUNDAY

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery in Joshua Tree Sunday. About 6:30 p.m. two unknown suspects entered an Internet café in the 6400 block of Hallee Road. The clerk told deputies that the suspects pointed a shotgun at her, told everyone to get on the floor, and demanded money

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD CRUELTY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday, after he threw a rock through a windshield into a car where his two children were sitting. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6900 block of North Star Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 1:20 p.m. when a woman said

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO CHANGE SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS

The Twentynine Palms City Council will be tackling a thorny issue at tonight’s meeting, namely residential restrictions imposed on registered sex offenders. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you’re a sex offender in Twentynine Palms, you can rest easy; after tonight’s City Council meeting you’ll likely be able to live where

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